We created the Hope Phones campaign in 2009 as an innovative way to fund the global efforts of Medic Mobile, our parent organization that advances healthcare in 16 countries with mobile technology. Half a million cell phones are discarded in the United States every day and pollute the environment with tons of plastic and persistent toxins like lead, nickel, beryllium, and cadmium. Cell phone recycling through Hope Phones reduces hazardous waste in our communities responsibly, while providing a real public health benefit abroad.
We are looking for individuals, organizations, and companies interested in giving their old phones a new life on the front lines of global health. The process is free and simple whether you are donating a few phones from a drawer at home or organizing a drive. When you recycle a used mobile through Hope Phones, our recycling partner transfers the value of your phone to our account so we can acquire appropriate new technology for the field. The current average value per used phone is $5.00, but smartphones are regularly valued at $80.00.
If Hope Phones can recycle just 1% of disposed phones each year, we can outfit 1 million health workers, improving the lives of 50 million people.